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NCAA Football: Arkansas at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t the cleanest half of Georgia Bulldog football, especially in the second quarter. But Kirby Smart’s guys are manhandling Arkansas at the line of scrimmage and making fewer mistakes than the Razorbacks. That equates to a solid 24 point halftime lead. A few halftime stats of note:

  • eight penalties for 51 yards have really hamstrung (pun intended) the Razorbacks. Two false starts on their first drive really set the tone and started things going the wrong way from the get-go.
  • It feels like Arkansas has more than 78 yards of total offense, but again, penalties have taken a chunk of those away.
  • Stetson Bennett hasn’t done a ton, but he hasn’t had to. The Mailman is 4 of 7 for 54 yards passing and has 16 yards on the ground.
  • Speaking of the ground, Georgia tailbacks Zamir White, James Cook, Kenny McIntosh, and Kendall Milton combined for 123 rushing yards on 26 carries (4.73 ypc) so far. When Arkansas has sold out to stop the run they’ve done okay. But for the most part Georgia has stayed ahead of the chains admirably.

In the second half it would be nice to see the Red and Black offense regain some focus and polish off a couple of crisp drives. Defensively it’s going to be about maintaining effort and then executing as Dan Lanning hopefully gets to sub some to rest starters for the upcoming iteration of the South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!